Ukulele #2: Binding and catchup

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Blog entry by Fchilly posted 10-16-2018 07:51 AM 1091 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: The Uke Part 2 of Ukulele series Part 3: Back and neck install »

After a cider or two I decided I had enough confidence for an attempt at the binding. I set up the trim router to cut about an 1/8×1/16 step for a Koa binding.

I relied entirely on CA glue to attach this, and it turned out very nice. I havent decided what to use for the backside binding, but i’m considering a maple/koa/maple contrasting strip. I’ll keep my options wide open.

The saddle and nut just arrived from amazon, this means I can continue on the neck and the bridge which I’m currently in the process of making. It is cut to the correct dimension, I just need to shape it. The bridge is hawaiian Koa.

Below are a few pictures I left out of the first blog entry, and a few progress pictures, plus a sneak peak at this beautiful grain figuring I get to dull all my tools on! I just cleaned with mineral spirits.

-- Fchilly

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#1 posted 10-16-2018 04:04 PM

Nice job and very interesting project!!!

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#2 posted 10-16-2018 10:53 PM

Stellar job on the uke build….It’s coming along nicely, looks like….Years ago I used to build resphonic guitars (called DoBros), so I’m familiar with the construction process….Keep plugging…you’ll get it….One suggestion: If you are taking pictures with your phone, lay the phone sideways instead of up and down, then when you post pictures on LJs they will be correct…..not upside down or sideways…..Just a helpful hint..!!

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#3 posted 10-17-2018 12:23 AM

Thanks for the photo tip. I am going to take all photos landscape style from now on. Thanks for the compliments!

-- Fchilly

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#4 posted 10-17-2018 12:37 AM

On most projects I notice if the pictures are side ways but I was so interested in THE Project I didn’t even notice.
Great work one more time!!!

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#5 posted 10-17-2018 03:43 AM

Coming along very well. Nice job on the binding.

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